Just so as you know by the way and don’t freak out but, I’d like to sort my photos when I’m sat on the loo. Or in the bus, or anywhere else I want to kill time with my phone. I don’t want to edit them when I’m sat at my desktop - that’s work time. It really pains me that I can’t do that and so my photos just pile up in a big heap while I waste time reading things I don’t care about on Twitter.
When you consider that the iPhone is now the most popular camera (in the U.S. if not the world), it’s sort of ridiculous that the photo management on the device is so obtuse.
Yes, it’s better than anything found on any point-and-shoot, but it could be so much better still. Just as Apple has moved app and music syncing away from the desktop, they need to move photo management fully to the cloud as well. The photos on my iMac are the only files I need to backup on a Time Capsule anymore. Everything else lives in the cloud.
Everyone now has a camera in their pocket at all times. That camera is connected to the internet at all times. That camera is capable of being utilized by hundreds of thousands of apps. Those apps all have social graphs that allow you to connect with other internet-connected camera-carrying friends. It’s almost inexplicable that there isn’t a killer social photo album service yet.
And yet, despite many (many, many, many, many) failed attempts, there isn’t. So perhaps I’ll sound foolish thinking that Albumatic is going to be the one. But I’ll be damned if it doesn’t feel like it is.
Dustin Curtis makes a compelling case for Snapchat:
Since using that early prototype of Treehouse, I’ve been wanting something that replicated the feeling of using photos for communication, and nothing has come close. It seems that every photo sharing app ends up adding features like commenting, which destroys the fundamental value of the photos themselves; all photo sharing apps have regressed into apps for artistic expression.
Until Snapchat, which has captured the essence of using photos as communication. Because it is completely ephemeral – and because the photos are deleted after 1-10 seconds – it’s impossible to use the photos for anything but communication. It’s an amazing app, and its popularity is just a hint of how I think we’ll use photos in the future.
As a fellow early user/fan of Treehouse, I find this parallel fascinating. It could be one of those unfortunate situations where Treehouse was simply too early for its own good.
I actually believe that a large part of Instagram’s success has been that it turned photography into a universal “language”. But I think there’s something to the idea that Instagram is more of a language spoken through a megaphone rather than a back-and-forth communication. Snapchat/Poke and the rest are getting us there.
Camera+ has been on the homescreen of my iPhone for years. Today, they released a version for the iPad. No, you probably don’t want to be that dumbass holding up your iPad at a concert (though you can be that guy with this release!), but this is brilliant for editing.
To that end, developer tap tap tap updated the iPhone app as well with iCloud syncing (and iPhone 5 support, of course), so you can shoot on the iPhone and then immediately edit on the iPad. Perfect. And the iPad version is on sale for $0.99 to celebrate the launch.
More from them on the launch.
Just a guy, a beer, and a gang symbol? Some great shots on Retronaut.
Times Marches On of the Day: And so did their hairlines.
Best pals John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney, and John Molony have met at California’s Copco Lake and taken the same photo — complete with poses, props, and mysterious expressions — every five years for the past three decades.
“I look at the photos and think of the relationships I went through,” Dickson says. “Wedding rings come and go if you look closely.”
The top photo is from their first bro adventure, in 1982. The second pic is from this year. Don’t miss the seven-photo gallery that includes the years in between.
It’s one thing for one person to be this dedicated to take a picture of themselves in the same place/position every 5 years for 30 years. But for 5 friends to do it is truly amazing.